Asia Argento

Actress, director

Finnish writers

Project with Image magazine

During the summer of 2015 Juha made a series of portraits of Finnish writers. They are the A-list of literature in Finland and Image magazine dubbed the project as The Royals of Literature. 
The magazine featured the entire series in its November issue and the portraits were also on display as an exhibition at the annual Helsinki Book Fair.

Katja Kettu


Juha Törmälä is a Helsinki-based photographer who makes portraits for magazines, books, advertising and corporate communications.
In 2015 he won the award for Magazine Photographer of the Year in Edit, the Finnish competition for print media.

He brings his creativity and vision to every assignment and he is well known for the high quality of his work. All major publications in Finland have featured his work. 

”Juha has a friendly, easygoing manner and he takes pride in connecting with his subjects and making them feel relaxed and at ease.”
Juha has excellent communication and interaction skills. He has a friendly, easygoing manner and he takes pride in connecting with his subjects and making them feel relaxed and at ease. His approach to portrait photography is simple. To make inspiring images the key elements are good lighting and communication. This, in addition to his technical ability, results in the distinctive look that he is known for.

Juha became interested in light and portraits at an early age. He drew portraits through his childhood and youth, and at 19 he attended the Free Art School in Helsinki, before enrolling at the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. He majored in photography and distinguished himself by doing b&w portraits and becoming specialized in magazine work.

In 1998 Juha became a staff photographer for Kauppalehti and Kauppalehti Optio, a business daily and a business magazine. Optio specializes in profiles of people in business and he developed his craft during this period with the magazine. In 2004 he also became a staff photographer for Presso, a critically acclaimed weekly tabloid in Helsinki that won numerous international design and layout awards and featured intense portraits as its signature look. With this well-rounded background in art and journalism Juha set up his own company in 2007 and has had continued success.

Juha has always been a fan of American portrait photography and draws inspiration from the work of classic masters such as Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz.

Together with his wife, photographer Outi Törmälä, Juha is the co-founder of Quiet, a creative photography agency in Helsinki.